Adani wins key approval for plan on coal mine in Australia

Mindy Sparks
April 11, 2019

In a statement, Price said the project was given the OK on the condition it adheres to strict environmental plans, saying the project "has been subject to the most rigorous approval process of any mining project in Australia".

"We welcome the Minister for the Environment's approval of the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project", the CEO of Adani Mining, Lucas Dow, said.

Ms Enoch says the project is treated no differently to others, and that politics will play no part in the department's decision.

It needed further approvals from the Queensland government before constructing could commence.

However, Price reiterated it will ultimately be up to the Queensland pollies to greenlight nine remaining environmental plans. However, Price added that the project "must meet further stringent conditions of approval from the Commonwealth before it can begin producing coal".

As the project is commercial, it will not receive any financial support from the Federal Government.

"Another explanation could be that she is satisfied by the science but the LNP heavy-handedness. trying to pressure people, now creates a cloud over a process that didn't need to be there", he said.

The only way to truly protect Queensland's precious groundwater for our environment and farming communities is to stop the Adani coal mine from going ahead.

The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP) requires that Adani ensure the protection of the Doongmabulla Springs and animals that rely on the groundwater in the area surrounding the mine. Demonstrations were also held against the proposed coal mine.

Ms Landry stressed the decision does not mean everything is now signed off and said it was now back to the State Government (see above).

The approval, by Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, came after 18 months of consultation with the department and the independent evaluation and endorsement by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slapped down internal Coalition critics who are demanding swift approval for the Adani coalmine, insisting the government will follow "expert scientific advice" on an imminent environmental decision.

"It's time the Queensland government gave us a fair go and stopped shifting the goal posts so we can get on with delivering these jobs".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article